Dolores Coullie, the owner of Pata Patina in Grey Street, has made it her mission to clean up the estuary shore next to the Knysna Angling Club. I joined her this morning for two and a half hours during which we collected at least 30kg worth of rubbish, much of it broken bottles.
One corner was overwhelmingly smelly with rot and faeces. In fact, the first piece of rubbish Dolores picked up was a used condom. A distributor of Builder’s Express had dumped two large packets of pamphlets advertising holiday specials.
Armed with thick gloves and paranoid hand sanitiser, we made progress…
There were some interesting discoveries in an old, glass Oros bottle (the white one in the first photo) and a shard of a ceramic from the old Imperial Hotel.
We even took a break with a breakfast roll and a beer – good company and great scenery always helps a good cause.
This is the fourth time that Dolores has been there to clean. One more time should find the main rubbish cleared but all the bits of glass will take longer. Over the long term, the only way this will be effective is if the Knysna Municipality does its job!
Why do only the good estuary readings get published but when there’s polluted readings they’re not shared with us?
Why do the cleaners, of which there are many (and who i have criticised previously for a poor job in the Costa Sarda area), not do there job? Why, after all these years, are supervisors not checking up?
Why are locals so disgusting? It’s not only vagrants that are polluting our beautiful estuary. We need to install pride and education. We need law enforcement otherwise laws become useless.
And, considering the first car guard we bumped into (not Yster), alcoholic car guards must not be given official vests!
Our natural wonders are the lifeblood of our town. We must love and protect them.